HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series Evaluator`s Guide

HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series Evaluator`s Guide
HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series
Evaluator’s Guide
Getting to know the printer ............................................................................................................. 1
Top features ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Printer walk-around ............................................................................................................................. 3
Evaluating laser printers.................................................................................................................. 4
Ease of use......................................................................................................................................... 5
Performance ....................................................................................................................................... 7
Network management solutions .......................................................................................................... 10
Total cost of ownership ...................................................................................................................... 13
Print quality ...................................................................................................................................... 15
Reliability ......................................................................................................................................... 17
Environmental responsibility ............................................................................................................... 19
A—HP Support Services ................................................................................................................ 21
B—Technical specifications ............................................................................................................ 22
C—Ordering information .............................................................................................................. 24
Getting to know the printer
Do more and wait less with
a compact black-and-white
printer that’s fast, reliable,
and easy to use.
Welcome to the Evaluator’s Guide for the new HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series. This guide will introduce you to
the printer and help you conduct a successful evaluation.
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series is a compact, high-quality, black-and-white LaserJet printing solution for
small workteams in enterprise, small, and medium business environments. With radical simplicity, fast printing
speeds, easy supplies and device manageability, standard two-sided printing, and networking and security
features, 1 this device delivers the robust and reliable performance you need to accomplish more every day.
Getting to know the printer
Top features
Boost productivity and user satisfaction with a
compact performer designed for small
Accomplish more. With fast print speeds of up to 35 pages per minute (ppm) on
letter size paper (33 ppm, A4), users can print and get back to work quickly,
improving workteam productivity.
Get started faster to finish faster. Instant-on Technology uses cutting-edge fuser
technology that enables print jobs to begin quickly from low power mode. Time To
Completion (TTC) of a typical office print job can be nearly twice as fast from low
power mode on this device with Instant-on Technology than on devices without it. 2
Efficiently utilize printing resources with a high-speed connection. Network-ready
models1 feature an HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet print server. With integrated
networking, you can manage complex jobs so that large ones print faster and
print queues get shorter.
Save time and resources with automatic two-sided printing—produce professional
documents with ease.
Rest assured with solid security features that won’t interfere with the printer’s
usability—such as SNMP authentication.
Stay informed. The 2-line, 16-character LCD control panel clearly communicates
printer status and helps users and IT staff easily use and maintain the printer.
Easily manage and maintain the printer with HP Web Jetadmin, the HP-developed
software that brings together industry-leading printer and fleet management
capabilities including installation, configuration, diagnostics, maintenance,
security, supplies management, and reporting capabilities.
Top features
Printer walk-around
150-sheet output bin
Adjustable 50-sheet
multipurpose input tray 1
for specialty paper
250-sheet input tray 2
500-sheet input tray 3 for a
maximum input capacity of
up to 800 sheets
Rear output door provides
a straight-through path for
specialty papers
2-line, 16-character LCD
control panel for simple
and effective interaction
Automatic two-sided
printing capability
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for
direct-connect printing
HP Jetdirect Gigabit
Ethernet print server for
flexible networking
10 128 MB of memory and a
600 MHz processor
perform complex tasks
HP LaserJet P2055x Printer shown
Front view
Rear view
Series at a glance
50-sheet multipurpose tray 1
250-sheet tray 2
500-sheet tray 3
Part number
Automatic two-sided printing
HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet networking
Printer walk-around
64 MB (expandable up to
320 MB)
128 MB (expandable up to
384 MB)
128 MB (expandable up to
384 MB)
Evaluating laser printers
Based on extensive market research and customer feedback, HP has identified user needs in seven key
categories. These categories should be closely examined as businesses consider the purchase of laser printers.
In this section, we will examine each of these and how the HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series meets the criteria in
each category.
1—Ease of use
3—Network management solutions
4—Total cost of ownership
5—Print quality
7—Environmental responsibility
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series is perfect for enterprise and small and medium businesses environments
needing a fast, high-quality, easily managed black-and-white printer. The following sets it apart from the
Gigabit networking capability to get you connected quickly and easily.1
Automatic two-sided printing to save you time and resources on everyday printing.
Advanced security features to keep your workplace and sensitive documents safe and accounted for.1
Superior print quality with HP FastRes 1200, HP ProRes 1200, and Resolution Enhancement technology
(REt) for a professional look and feel that consistently impresses.
During your evaluation, we invite you to compare the HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series to other competing
products to see why it is the best choice for your workplace!
Evaluation guidelines
As you design tests and conduct your evaluation, remember the following guidelines:
Consider the typical end user’s printing needs.
Simulate the end user’s environment.
When testing more than one product, try to make a fair comparison between products by setting up in
the same environment and testing similar settings and configurations.
Analyze each of the elements of the printing process, but remember that the elements work together as part
of the whole printing solution. (For instance, performance claims mean very little if documents print incorrectly
or with poor quality.)
Evaluating laser printers
Ease of use
Choose a printer that’s
easy to use and easy to
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series is designed to be easy to operate and maintain. It allows you to invest your
time in other issues and reduces your day-to-day business concerns. The following features contribute to the
printer’s usability:
Efficiently utilize printing resources with a fast, high-speed connection. Network-ready models1 feature an
HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet print server. With integrated networking, you can manage complex jobs so
that large ones print faster and print queues get shorter.
A 2-line, 16-character LCD control panel with full display clearly communicates printer status and helps
users and IT staff easily use and maintain the printer.
The printer features automatic two-sided printing for professional documents that take less time and
Our all-in-one print cartridge is designed for simplicity and reliability, incorporating the toner, engaging
mechanism and imaging drum in one supply. Comprising up to 70 percent of the imaging system, you
refresh the printer every time an Original HP cartridge is installed.
Start printing right away with an Original HP cartridge preinstalled when the printer arrives. 3
A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port enables effortless direct connection and installation.
HP printer software, with its standardized drivers and interfaces, provides a familiar look and feel for
HP users. For details, see “Productivity tools and services” on page 6.
Intelligent supplies
Reliable HP all-in-one print cartridges are easy to install and use, ensuring a low maintenance and hassle-free
printing experience.
Each HP print cartridge features HP Smart printing technology, 4 which measures and reports print cartridge
levels and provides usage information. The HP print cartridge, printer, and software are designed to work
together, allowing you to monitor your current supplies and print successfully every time.
When it’s time to replace a cartridge, HP SureSupply provides alerts to the right people, and conveniently
consolidates needed supplies across printers into a single order from your choice of resellers. This can help you
maintain your printer more effectively and avoid unexpected downtime. 5
Ease of use
Productivity tools and services
Powerful tools and services provide convenient access to device information, settings, and support.
HP Web Jetadmin
HP Web Jetadmin provides network managers a single support tool to install, monitor, and
troubleshoot a wide range of network-connected devices from an intuitive browser interface.
While the HP Embedded Web Server is used to manage a single device, HP Web Jetadmin is
used to manage groups of devices. You can download the software for free from
HP Easy Printer Care
HP Easy Printer Care Software provides simple management of approximately 2-20 HP ink and
laser devices. Get consolidated device and supplies status, consolidated supplies ordering, simple
device usage reports, and helpful support and troubleshooting alerts and tools. More information
is available at www.hp.com/go/easyprintercare. 6
HP Universal Print Driver
The HP Universal Print Driver communicates directly with each HP device on your network and
customizes the user interface to show the available features, so you enjoy easy, familiar, and
consistent setup and printing. For more information and to download the driver for free, go to
HP SureSupply
HP SureSupply helps you track and manage supplies usage, and provides alerts when supplies
should be reordered or replaced.5 With just a few clicks, access cartridge information, pricing,
and purchasing options that best meet your needs—either from the reseller of your choice or from
HP. HP SureSupply is integrated into HP’s printer management tools and available from
Evaluating ease of use
Setting up the printer
Unbox and set up the printer, using the product documentation. Consider the following:
Is the user documentation and installation and setup software helpful?
How does the overall product design contribute to ease of setup?
How well are you able to install and interact with supplies and accessories?
Does the product include a pre-installed cartridge?
Testing product software
1. Install the drivers and other device software and then print some test pages. Document any driver or
software changes performed during testing.
2. Note which platforms and printer languages the drivers support.
3. Evaluate the product software after installation:
Is the driver easy to use?
What special features or utilities does the driver include?
What special software or tools are available?
Interacting with the control panel
Interact with the control panel. When comparing products, consider the following:
In general, is the control panel easy to use?
How easy is it to determine device, job, and print cartridge status?
Ease of use
Increase productivity and
streamline workflows.
Fast professional printing
With fast print speeds of up to 35 ppm, letter (33 ppm, A4), users can print and get back to work quickly,
improving workteam productivity.
When printers have been sitting idle between print jobs, the first-page-out print speed becomes more important
than pages per minute. Instant-on Technology uses cutting-edge fuser technology that enables print jobs to begin
quickly from low power mode. The Time To Completion (TTC) of a typical office print job can be nearly twice as
fast from low power mode on this device with Instant-on Technology than on devices without it. This means less
waiting for prints and more time spent engaged in business. Instant-on Technology also uses up to 50 percent
less energy than traditional fusing.2
Powerful print job processing
Quickly and accurately process complex print jobs with the printer’s 600 MHz processor and 64 MB memory
on the P2055d model (expandable up to 320 MB) and 128 MB memory on the P2055dn and P2055x models
(expandable up to 384 MB).
Automatic language switching ensures that the appropriate printer language is used for each print job. The
printer includes HP PCL 6 for optimum performance, HP PCL 5c for backward compatibility, and HP postscript
level 3 emulation for PostScript® print jobs. Create professional documents that represent your unique business
image with a broad range of font options.
Specially formulated HP toner
The toner particles in HP print cartridges contain a wax core designed to fuse to the paper at full printer speeds,
delivering fast printing without sacrificing output quality.
HP Universal Print Driver
Use a single driver for instant access to HP devices—at home, in the office, or on the road. The HP Universal
Print Driver is not a one-size-fits-all print solution. The sophisticated yet simple print driver communicates directly
with each HP device, gathers configuration information, then customizes the user interface to show the device’s
unique, available features.
While some multi-device print drivers only enable the most basic functions on the devices they support, the
HP Universal Print Driver enables all available features, no matter how advanced—from two sided printing to
stapling to sorting—on all of the devices it supports. Users are never held up or held back. While printer
capabilities may vary for each device, the HP Universal Print Driver provides the same look and feel across all
devices. Users enjoy a familiar experience, making it easier for them to move between devices. To download
the free HP Universal Print Driver Series for Windows®, visit www.hp.com/go/upd.
Evaluating performance
Printer performance is more than just a measure of pages per minute. Rather, printer performance is the
speed at which a printer can turn electronic files into printed pages. In addition to engine speed, several
factors affect the time it takes to print a job, including the use of specialty paper, computer download time,
and printer processing time. The time it takes for your computer to download a job to the printer, and for the
printer to process the job, depends on the following variables:
The complexity and size of graphics
The speed of your computer
The network operating system and configuration
Printer personality or language (such as PCL or postscript emulation)
Creating samples
First, you will develop a group of sample documents that represent what a typical user would print. This is the
best method for determining if a printer is suited to your needs. Then you will evaluate the performance of the
It is important to test files like those that will be typically printed. Your samples should include multiple
documents and file types, sent from applications commonly used in your environment. The samples should
have different elements (text, graphics, and images) and should vary in complexity and page length. Some
suggested content includes:
Simple text documents
May include e-mail messages, memos, or a spreadsheet report, printed on plain office paper
Mixed text and graphics
May include newsletters, PowerPoint presentations printed on transparencies, or marketing
materials printed on glossy paper
May include photographic images and advanced graphics (using overlays or fill patterns), printed
on photo paper
Simple text
Mixed text
and graphics
Evaluation guidelines
Before you print the sample documents, make sure that your test environment simulates the end user’s and
that you make a fair comparison between printers. Follow the guidelines below:
Evaluate a printer from the end user’s perspective.
Print from computers that closely match the typical end user’s.
Test multiple paper sizes and types.
Test print features (automatic two-sided printing, document formatting, etc.).
Test and compare default settings. (What settings will the end user use most often?)
When evaluating more than one printer, it is crucial that you make a fair comparison between printers.
Print the same files on all printers, in the same operating environment (constant temperature and
humidity), using the same computer, operating system, software application, print settings or modes, and
paper type to test all printers. Be sure to test comparable print drivers. Each of these components interacts
with the printing process and can affect print speed and quality.
Test more than one software application to make sure software/driver conflicts are not affecting print
If printers are networked, use the same client and an isolated or controlled network to provide a
repeatable environment. You can use a sniffer on your network to record the amount of network traffic
being generated and make sure it is consistent when testing each printer.
What to measure
Different testing methods can be employed to gauge the performance of the HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series.
The following tests are commonly used:
The total print time, from the time the print command is issued, to completion of printing.
The time from initiating the print command, to the time when the computer is available for other
The print time, from the instant the first piece of paper is picked up by the device, to completion of
Device warm-up + calibration
The time from turning the device on to the time when the device enters the Ready state. (This time
usually includes warming-up the device, calibration, and booting up the device firmware.)
Warm-up time
The time it takes the device to warm up and print a simple document, after the device has been
idle for one hour.
First page out
The time from initiating the print command to the completion of the first page. Measure this from a
variety of engine conditions, such as Ready or low power mode.
Running the tests
Follow the guidelines below when measuring device performance:
Be sure to measure the amount of time it takes to print a complete document. (For example, you might
print a 20-page duplexed document, with a cover page printed on heavier paper.)
Perform each test three times to obtain an average. If the variances in the three tests are too much,
discard the results, check the system, and redo the tests.
If the printer offers more than one I/O port, perform tests using each port.
When comparing the performance of printers, look beyond the speed trial data and consider the
acceptability of the output. There are definitely tradeoffs in print quality, but as you review your results,
look at the samples and consider whether the quality meets your standards. For output quality evaluation
guidelines, see page 16.
Network management solutions
Connect and share
resources with simple and
powerful networking.
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series is designed to integrate seamlessly into all major networking environments.
Support for industry-leading network management tools such as HP Web Jetadmin provides convenient and
efficient printer administration. The printer incorporates sophisticated hardware and software features to make
device management scalable to meet your business needs.
Note The features discussed in this section apply to the P2055dn and P2055x models only.1 The P2055d can
be easily upgraded with a choice of Jetdirect print servers. For ordering information, see “Appendix C—
Ordering information” on page 24.
Powerful networking
Efficiently utilize printing resources with high-speed connections. The HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet printer server
supports high-performance Gigabit (10/100/1000Base-T) and Fast Ethernet (10/100Base-T) networks. Fast
networking enables the printer to handle complex print jobs quickly, keep your print queues short, and help
your workteam stay productive.
HP Web Jetadmin
Install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot, and manage printing and imaging devices from anywhere on the
network with HP Web Jetadmin. Get the most from your printing and imaging environment by using a single
tool to manage a wide variety of HP and non-HP network peripherals—including single and multifunction
printers, digital projectors, digital senders, and even third-party products. Easily manage all your printers with
this comprehensive tool; save time and costs and utilize IT resources where they’re most needed. Download
HP Web Jetadmin at www.hp.com/go/wja.
Behaves more like a Windows
application than ever.
With right-click functionality and drag-and-drop capability, WJA is easy to navigate, organize, and use.
Find support topics fast with searchable help capabilities.
Interface provides common task Get step-by-step assistance with the most common tasks under each category. Customization capabilities
allow you to move task modules or turn modules on and off so you see only the most useful ones for your
Single sign-on.
Access is easy using existing Microsoft® permissions—you don’t have to create and use an additional
Discovery based upon Active
Directory services.
Discovery and auto grouping of devices are based upon Active Directory services groups, with the ability
to add printer objects to the Active Directory as part of the print queue creation.
Role-based customization.
Control what users see when they access HP Web Jetadmin. Show everything to your most trusted
administrators, and show other IT team members, such as the help desk, only what they need to solve
Significant performance
By integrating with .NET and incorporating a native database, screen-to-screen movement is faster, and
configuration and management tasks are completed more quickly than ever.
Network management solutions
More ad hoc reports and
customizable templates.
Get better insight into your print environment and help control costs. Track everything from who uses color
and how often they use it, to which devices are used most heavily and which have the highest uptime.
Learn how many pages and which application users are printing from and get e-mail reports about
overactive users. Proactive supplies reporting and alerts help you easily manage your supply inventory and
assess future needs. For accurate reordering on a just-in-time basis, HP Web Jetadmin provides one-click
access to HP SureSupply.5
Much more device information
on a single screen.
You’ll find details about Status, Configuration, Alerts, Groups, Reports, Supplies, and Troubleshooting right
at your fingertips—easily accessible through a series of tabs.
Automated migration tools.
Enjoy a smooth transition from version 8.x to version 10.x. It’s easy to back up your installation with the
included backup and restore script.
Windows Vista® support.
HP Web Jetadmin works seamlessly with Windows Vista and can manage Vista-certified devices.
Advanced security features
The HP LaserJet P2055dn and P2055x models are designed for busy workteams that need solid security
features that don’t interfere with the printer’s usability. The following features are supported on network-ready
802.1X networking allows device authentication prior to network admission to prevent unauthorized
Firewall capability allows you to selectively disable services and protocols such as FTP and Telnet or
AppleTalk and IPX.
Access Control List (ACL) specifies access to management interfaces from a designated list of IP addresses
to help ensure only administrators can make configuration changes
The password-protected Embedded Web Server supports an up to 12-character complex password to
secure access to the EWS.
SNMP v2 and v3 allows authentication of SNMP community names as well as encryption of management
sessions from HP Web Jetadmin. Administrators can also selectively enable read-only access to prevent
configuration changes via SNMP objects.
Support for the latest Secure Socket Layer protocol (SSLv3/TLS) secures web transactions.
HTTPS secures HTTP sessions to the Embedded Web Server.
Certificate support allows integration into a Public Key Infrastructure to secure authentication and
authorization events for HTTPS and SSL sessions.
Evaluating network management
When evaluating network capability, it is important to test the network solution for both the network
administrator and the end user.
For the network administrator
Determine if your network operating systems are supported.
Install and configure the product and administrative software and simulate connecting end users. (Keep
track of the resources and time required, and the ease of setup.)
Network management solutions
Examine the following:
Ease of network installation
Network security
Product diagnostics and troubleshooting
Product alerts and status
Product grouping, filtering, or mapping
Note Try to assess the time efficiency and convenience of the network management utilities.
For the end user
Make sure that the user can easily determine:
What devices are available?
Where are they relative to my desk?
What are their features?
What is the printer’s status?
Is my job done yet?
Is the printer out of paper? Is there a paper jam? Is there enough toner to finish my job?
The user does NOT want to know:
Status of all the devices on the network.
Diagnostic information for all devices on the network.
Evaluating security
When evaluating imaging and printing security, consider the following:
What tools are available to help you secure your imaging and printing environment?
What security protocols are supported?
Are features available to help you secure the data on your printer?
What kind of network security is available?
What kinds of security monitoring and management tools are available?
Network management solutions
Total cost of ownership
Boost productivity with a
fast printer designed just
for your business
A successful black-and-white printer should offer more than just superior performance and outstanding print
quality. For many businesses, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is a critical part of the purchase decision. TCO
takes into account everything from the initial investment, to support and maintenance costs, to the hard costs of
A sleek, powerful, and time-saving design
With the compact, high-quality design of the HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series, you can step up productivity in
your workteam. In addition to its radical simplicity, this device features fast print speeds, supplies and device
manageability, standard two-sided printing, and networking and security features.1
Place the compact, unobtrusive printer right on your desktop for easy, convenient access. Designed for
minimal tray protrusion, this potent little package delivers performance while saving valuable desk space.
Expect simple interaction and reliable performance from our all-in-one print cartridge, which incorporates
the toner, engaging mechanism, and imaging drum in one supply.
Replenish the paper tray less often with an input capacity of 300 sheets and a maximum input of up to
800 sheets with the optional 500-sheet tray (standard on the P2055x).
Print a broad range of business documents easily with the right look and feel using the 50-sheet
multipurpose input tray for a variety of print media, including different types, sizes, and weights. Print on
paper, envelopes, labels, overhead transparencies, postcards, and card stock—including size A6 postcards
and prescription-size forms.
Save time, produce professional documents easier, and conserve paper resources with automatic two-sided
Share the printer among multiple users with simple and powerful networking.1
Add additional memory to your printer to increase operating efficiency—up to 320 MB on the
P2055d model and up to 384 MB on the P2055dn and P2055x models. The printer also supports optional
wireless networking solutions via the Host USB 2.0 port. For a list of accessories, see “Appendix C—
Ordering information“ on page 24.
Upgrade your operating system with confidence: the printer is premium certified to work seamlessly with
Windows Vista.
Enjoy a comfortable printing experience. The familiar HP interface is preferred by most office users and
requires very little training.
Worry-free operation
The product comes standard with a one-year, return to HP or an HP authorized service center warranty. In
addition, a wide array of service and support options are available, including maintenance support and
extended on-site warranties, which vary by region. For more information, see “Appendix A—HP Support
Services” on page 21.
By far the biggest contributor to user productivity is the reliability of HP equipment, support, and service. Instead
of experiencing frustration and downtime while waiting for repair, users are getting their work done.
Total cost of ownership
Evaluating total cost of ownership
A printer’s value consists of more than just purchase price and the cost of supplies. Consider the following
Initial purchase price, including enough memory to print complex documents in the highest print quality
mode, plus any accessories needed in the office or workgroup environment (such as a print server,
wireless options, an automatic two-sided printing unit, or additional paper trays).
Note To ensure accurate comparisons between products, be sure to compare street prices (or what you
would actually pay) instead of list prices.
Warranty and service costs. (What is the standard warranty? Are upgraded service plans available?)
Expandability. (Does the printer support additional features?)
Opportunity costs of outsourcing vs. in-house printing.
User productivity costs. (How easy is it to learn to use the printer? How easy is it to print your documents
Special paper costs. (Does the printer require special paper? Can recycled paper be used?)
Supplies costs. (What does it cost, in both expense and downtime, to replace supplies?)
Cost per page. It is difficult for end users to calculate the cost per page due to many variables. Therefore,
many manufacturers provide a cost per page calculation. When assessing cost per page, keep the
following in mind:
Make sure the cost per page associated with a printer’s print sample represents that sample. Some
manufacturers may quote the cost of printing in a draft mode, when the sample they give you is
printed in their best mode, which requires more toner or ink.
Take note of whether special paper is required for the print sample.
Make sure all the supplies are included in the cost per page calculation and not hidden as service
items. Also, remember that supplies used during routine cleaning and warm-up cycles are not always
included in the supply’s yield, which directly affects cost.
Watch for other hidden costs (such as unusable output, which wastes toner).
Total cost of ownership
Print quality
Produce professionallooking documents with
There are many different factors to consider when evaluating the overall quality of a printer’s output. Print
quality involves more than the number of dots per inch (dpi) that the product places on a page; a higher dpi
does not necessarily mean better print quality.
High-quality output
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series delivers industry-leading print quality with HP FastRes 1200 (1200 dpi
quality), HP ProRes 1200, and Resolution Enhancement technology (REt).
HP FastRes 1200 is the printer’s default setting. It provides 1200 dpi equivalent quality at full engine speed.
HP FastRes gives you professional print quality that rivals that of competitor’s higher resolution products, without
the performance penalties. HP FastRes 1200 can represent each dot space as one of four different levels of
black, similar to true 1200 dpi. However, HP FastRes uses only one-half as much RAM to store information for
each dot space. This means smaller file sizes, which translates to reduced memory requirements, less network
traffic, and faster image processing.
HP ProRes 1200 provides the highest quality text and image quality for those who require the highest resolution.
Produce professional black-and-white documents with clear, sharp text characters; extremely fine, precise line
placement; and hiqh-quality images with smooth grayscales and deep blacks.
State-of-the-art HP print cartridges and paper
The included all-in-one HP LaserJet black print cartridge with precisely engineered HP toner delivers consistently
outstanding print quality and high speeds for a wide range of media. Our cartridges are designed to deliver
quality and reliability over the life of each print cartridge, and from cartridge to cartridge. You refresh the
printer with every Original HP LaserJet print cartridge, ensuring crisp, sharp text and lines every time you print.
HP printers, Original HP toner and a wide range of HP business communication and everyday papers are
designed and tested together for optimal results.
Ensured print quality with HP testing
Prior to its introduction, a new HP LaserJet printer undergoes rigorous testing to ensure that it provides consistent
high-quality output. Tests are performed with a large sample of products through each step of the design
process, to be certain that the printer measures up to HP standards. Throughout this testing, we discover and
resolve any issues that would compromise output quality. The result is a solid, reliable product that produces
consistent output throughout its life and the life of its supplies.
Print quality
Evaluating print quality
Printing samples
It is important to test files like those that are printed in your workplace. For this section, you may want to use
the samples you created for evaluating performance (see “Creating samples“ on page 8).
Viewing samples
Individuals may perceive print quality differently. HP
strongly suggests that you have several people evaluate
your sample documents, in the same environment, with
a consistent light source. Have them vote on the
samples that they like by listing them in order from the
best to the worst. Allow each person to rate the samples
independently and then record the results. Also, have
each person establish a “cut line” for acceptable print
quality for the end-user environment. This process is
referred to as psychometric testing and should be
performed on all of the sample documents that you are
using to evaluate text, graphics, and image quality.
Look for the following characteristics:
Text should be dark, solid black, without hollow
Edges of text and graphics should be crisp and
There should be little or no toner scattered on the
non-printed areas of the paper.
Solid fills should be uniform and should not appear
There should be no banding across graphics or
Images should be clear and sharp, without
Images should look natural and realistic.
Hollow spots
Jagged edges
Toner scatter
Missing lines,
bad detail
Poor image
Distinct lines,
good detail
Good image
Print quality
Depend on this HP LaserJet
printer to work, perform,
and last.
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series has the same industry-renowned HP LaserJet reliability that businesses have
come to expect from HP. If you ever do need service and support, HP’s Customer Care is one of the best. By
being certain of a maximum uptime, you’ll boost productivity and end frustration.
HP Smart Printing technology
Original HP LaserJet print cartridges with Smart Printing Technology deliver consistent, professional quality and
reliable, trouble-free printing. The intelligence built into HP supplies enhances communication between the
cartridge and printer and eliminates downtime with automatic supply alerts and easy online reordering with
HP SureSupply.5 The cartridge continually makes automated adjustments to optimize print quality and
reliability—giving users greater confidence and satisfaction.
Effortless legacy printing
Printing compatibility is an essential part of reducing costs and maintaining productivity. HP’s printing software
ensures that legacy jobs still print accurately. And because a networked HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series can be
supported and managed using your HP Web Jetadmin or HP Easy Printer Care software, it provides an ideal
complement to your existing HP printing infrastructure.1 For details, see “Productivity tools and services“ on
page 6.
Reliability matters
The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series has HP’s legendary reliability and ruggedness. With a recommended
monthly page volume of 750 to 3,000 pages, this device is built to stand up to the demands of today’s
fast-paced business environment and keeps intervention rates low. 7
HP conducts extensive testing, printing millions of test pages with a variety of applications and file types, in
multiple environments, with different media types.
The product comes standard with a one-year, return to HP or HP authorized service center warranty.
Excellent HP support
HP Customer Care includes all of HP’s support programs and technologies, keeping commercial customers,
small businesses, and individual consumers up and running. HP Customer Care offers full-service support
through a broad range of services, including setup and installation, warranty upgrades, troubleshooting tools,
repair and exchange services, phone and Web support, software updates, and self-maintenance services. For
more information, see “Appendix A—HP Support Services” on page 21.
The HP Customer Care web site (www.hp.com/go/support) provides customers with free, one-stop access to
technical support for more than 600 HP products, including personal computers, printers, and imaging
products. HP Customer Care call centers also provide technical support from numerous call centers worldwide.
Evaluating reliability
At HP, we typically test multiple devices in various environmental conditions to evaluate engine reliability.
We run the devices to engine life and record the supplies’ life, jam rate, and misfeed rate, continually
improving each new generation of HP products.
This kind of extensive, long-term testing is beyond the limits of most companies’ resources; however, it is
possible to estimate their printer’s engine reliability. One option is to compare other manufacturers’ lifetime
duty-cycle ratings, base warranty (make sure it is at least one-year), and three-year warranty costs. When
comparing the HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series with printers from other manufacturers, consider the
Will the printer print legacy print jobs correctly?
Will the printer perform consistently under various environmental conditions?
After a few thousand pages, is the print quality the same as it was out of the box?
How easy is it to maintain and calibrate the printer?
When connected to a network, does the printer print correctly every time?
What is the quality of customer support?
Environmental responsibility
Minimize your impact with
an environmentally
conscious printer.
As one of the world’s largest consumer IT companies, a leading IT supplier to small and medium-size businesses,
and a leader in enterprise computing, HP’s largest impact on the environment is through its products. The
environmental performance of products is largely determined at the design stage. HP’s Design for the
Environment initiative is driving improvements at every stage in the product lifecycle—helping reduce the
amount of energy, paper, packaging, and materials used at HP and by our customers. Through intelligent
design, we can reduce the environmental impact of our products, and of our customers.
Reduces costs
Reduce the cost of power, waste, and asset disposal with energy-efficient HP solutions.
Cut paper consumption and save money with automatic two-sided printing. The printer also supports
100 percent recycled paper. Product packaging is 100 percent recyclable.
Be ready to print in seconds: Instant-on Technology in HP LaserJet devices provides up to 50 percent energy
savings over traditional fusing while providing a first page-out in seconds—nearly twice as fast as
competitive products without this technology. HP estimates that for our monochrome LaserJet products alone,
Instant-on Technology has reduced CO2 emissions by over 5.25 million tons to date—the equivalent of
removing 1.1 million cars from the road for one year. 8
Get added value with an environmentally conscious printer. The HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series is
designed with reduced energy consumption, noise levels, and chemical emissions and meets the new
requirements of the ENERGY STAR® program. The printer automatically reduces power consumption after a
designated period of inactivity and requires less than 1 watt of power in Off mode.
Use less electricity. With HP Web Jetadmin, you can remotely schedule sleep and wake-up modes or
automatically turn off devices on nights and weekends.
Reduce noise pollution in your office with Quiet mode—a drive mode with reduced operation noise,
whatever print mode is selected. When Quiet mode is selected from the print driver, the printer operates at
half speed.
Save toner with EconoMode to use less toner per page. Printing in EconoMode produces lighter images
with lesser print quality ideal for draft or proof printing and may extend the life of the print cartridge.
Use less paper with N-up printing to place multiple document pages on a single printed page—perfect for
handouts and proof printing.
Choose your products responsibly. The EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive restricts the
use of certain substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and two flame retardants—PBB
and PBDE) in electronic products. HP has achieved compliance with the EU RoHS regulations for hundreds
of thousands of hardware parts, substituting new materials in many of them, while developing numerous HP
and industry standards to ensure these products meet our customer’s expectations for performance, quality,
and reliability.
Environmental responsibility
Simplify the management and disposal of products, and recover some of their value at end of use. The
printer is designed for long-term usage and has parts and supplies that can be returned and recycled
through HP’s take-back program. 9 Through HP Planet Partners 10—a free, convenient return and recycling
program available in more than 40 countries—you can be assured cartridges won’t end up in a landfill.
Saves resources
Easily recycle materials, save paper, and use fewer resources across the entire lifecycle of the printer.
As shown at right, HP Smart Web Printing improves printing from Web
pages. Eliminate extra pages and right-edge clipping and enjoy the ability
to combine content and print exactly what you want, without wasting
HP’s new low-melt toner formulation provides the following environmental
Requires 15 percent less energy than conventional toners to reach its
melting point.
Enables a cartridge design that uses 5 percent less plastic than the
prior generation, yet prints the same number of pages.
Consumes 10 to 15 percent less energy per page than the prior
Use less paper by printing on both sides. HP Web Jetadmin and the
HP Universal Print Driver make it easy to set automatic duplex printing for
individual printers or entire fleets, allowing you to reduce the cost and
volume of paper used.
The printer’s paper trays feature automatic media size detection for accurate printing, saving time and
eliminating paper and toner waste.
Evaluating environmental responsibility
When evaluating environmental responsibility, consider the following:
Does the printer reduce power when not in use? Are there tools available to schedule automatic printer
How much power does the printer use?
Does the printer ship with automatic two-sided printing? Can you set automatic two-sided printing as a
Can you print on recycled media?
Is there a recycling program in place for toner cartridges?
Is there a product take-back program available for hardware?
Environmental responsibility
A—HP Support Services
Minimize the cost of downtime
For many organizations, the ability to print anything, anytime, anywhere at an affordable cost is important to
business operations. HP LaserJet printers are central to business success. Because printer downtime can have
serious business consequences, HP provides high-quality services that extend beyond the standard warranty.
No one knows printing and services better than HP
HP is the most recognized name in printing with one of the world’s largest services organizations. Our 69,000
service professionals in 170 countries can help you reduce infrastructure costs, avoid unbudgeted repair costs,
and fix problems quickly. With expert technical phone support and predictable, consistent service delivery
across multiple locations, we’ll help keep your business operations running smoothly.
Choose from the following services:
Installation Service with Network Configuration: expert assembly of HP accessories, hardware verification,
network configuration, and basic administrator familiarization
Same Day Onsite Service: technician arrives at your site within four hours after service call is received, if this
time falls within the coverage window
Next Day Onsite Service: technician-delivered onsite service the next business day after the service call
Any of the above options can be purchased as:
HP Care Pack Services: easy-to-buy, easy-to-use support packages
HP Contractual Services: a comprehensive portfolio for maintaining maximum IT availability
HP also offers:
Managed Print Services: a scalable solution providing everything from imaging and printing devices and
toner cartridges, to installation, management, maintenance, and support
For more information, visit www.hp.com/go/printservices.
Appendix A—HP Support Services
B—Technical specifications
Print speed 11
Up to 35 ppm, letter; up to 33 ppm, A4
Document delivery
First page out: as fast as 8 seconds from Ready mode (letter/A4)
Print resolution
Up to 1200 by 1200 dpi; HP FastRes 1200; HP ProRes 1200; Resolution Enhancement technology (REt)
600 MHz
P2055d: 64 MB (expandable up to 320 MB via 1 open 144-pin DIMM slot)
Time To Completion for a typical office print job: as fast as 13 seconds, letter; as fast as 13.4, A42
P2055dn, P2055x: 128 MB (expandable up to 384 MB via 1 open 144-pin DIMM slot)
monthly volume
750 to 3,000 pages7
Duty cycle
50,000 pages 12
P2055d, P2055dn: 50-sheet multipurpose tray 1, 250-sheet tray 2
P2055x: 50-sheet multipurpose tray 1, 250-sheet tray 2, 500-sheet tray 3
150-sheet output bin
Two-sided printing
Multipurpose tray 1: A4, A5, A6, B5; letter, legal, statement, executive, index cards, envelopes [No. 10
(Com), No. 7 ¾ (Monarch), C5, B5, DL]; custom: 76 by 127 mm (3 by 5 in) to 216 by 356 mm
(8.5 by 14 in)
Trays 2 and 3: A4, A5, A6; letter, legal, executive; custom: 105 by 148 mm (4.1 by 5.8 in) to 216 by
356 mm (8.5 by 14 in)
Automatic two-sided printing unit: letter, legal, A4
Multipurpose tray 1 (straight-through paper path for special media): 60 to 163 g/m2 (16 to 43 lb)
Trays 2 and 3: 60 to 120 g/m2 (16 to 32 lb)
Automatic two-sided printing unit: 60 to 105 g/m2 (16 to 28 lb)
Paper (bond, light, heavy, plain, recycled, rough), envelopes, labels, cardstock, transparencies, heavy media
P2055d: One Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
P2055dn, P2055x: One Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet print server
HP PCL6, HP PCL5c, HP postscript level 3 emulation; automatic language switching
45 scalable TrueType fonts and 35 PostScript® fonts; 11 scalable TrueType fonts and 11 non-scalable line
printer fonts (PCL5c only)
Client operating
Microsoft Windows 2000 (driver only), Windows XP® Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server
2003 (driver only), Certified for Windows Vista; Linux; UNIX®; Mac OS X v10.3.9, v10.4, v10.5
Network operating
Windows 2000 (drivers only), XP Home, XP Professional, XP Professional x64 (drivers only), Windows Server
2003, Certified for Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64 (drivers only); Novell; Linux; UNIX;
Mac OS v10.3.9, v10.4.3, v10.5
Network protocols
TCP/IP via HP Jetdirect print server
Firewall; Access Control List; Password protected EWS; SNMP v2, v3; SSL/TLS (HTTPS); Certificate support;
802.1X authentication (EAP-TLS, PEAP, LEAP, EAP-FAST)
Environmental ranges
Recommended temperature
17.5 to 25 degrees C (63.5 to 77 degrees F)
Storage temperature
-20 to 60 degrees C (-4 to 140 degrees F)
Recommended relative humidity
30 to 70 percent
Storage relative humidity
10 to 90 percent
0 to 4,000 m (0 to 13,000 ft)
Appendix B—Technical specifications
Acoustics 13
Power requirements
Sound power
Active: 6.8 B(A); Ready: inaudible
Bystander sound pressure:
Active: 55 dB(A); Ready: inaudible
110 to 127 V (±10 percent), 60 Hz (± 2 Hz)
220 to 240 V (±10 percent), 50 Hz (± 2 Hz)
Power consumption
570 watts
8 watts
8 watts
0.4 watts
ENERGY STAR qualified, see www.hp.com/go/energystar
Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC): 2.233 kWh/Week
365 by 368 by 268 mm (14.4 by 14.5 by 10.6 in)
Weight (without toner
10.7 kg (23.6 lb)
EMC compliance
CISPR 22: 2005/EN 55022: 2006 Class B, EN 61000-3-2: 2000+A2, EN 61000-3-3: 1995+A1, EN
55024: 1998+A1+A2, FCC Title 47 CFR, Part 15 Class B (USA), ICES-003, Issue 4, (Canada), GB92541998, EMC Directive 2004/108/EC with CE Marking (Europe); other EMC approvals as required by
individual countries
Safety compliance
IEC 60950-1 (International), EN 60950-1+A11 (EU), IEC 60825-1+A1+A2, UL/cUL Listed (US/Canada), GS
License (Europe), EN 60825-1+A1+A2 (Class 1 Laser/LED Device) GB4943-2001, Low Voltage Directive
2006/95/EC with CE Marking (Europe); other safety approvals as required by individual countries
What’s in the box
Printer, preinstalled HP LaserJet print cartridge,3 Getting Started Guide, CD (includes software and User’s
Guide), power cord , USB cable (Asia Pacific only)
Also includes
P2055dn: Built-in HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet networking
P2055x: Built-in HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet networking, 500-sheet input tray 3
One-year, return to HP or an HP authorized service center; telephone and web support (varies according to
Works with
HP SureSupply
To learn more, visit www.hp.com/learn/suresupply
Appendix B—Technical specifications
C—Ordering information
Use accessories and supplies specifically designed for the printer to ensure optimal performance. To order the
printer accessories and supplies listed here, go to the HP Web site at www.hp.com/ghp/buyonline. If you don’t
have access to the Internet, contact your qualified HP dealer, or call HP at (800) 888-9909 (U.S.).
HP LaserJet P2055d
A fast and reliable performer with automatic two-sided printing.
HP LaserJet P2055dn
A fast and reliable performer with automatic two-sided printing and a built-in
HP Jetdirect Gigabit Ethernet print server for easy sharing.
HP LaserJet P2055x
A fast and reliable performer with automatic two-sided printing, a built-in HP Jetdirect
Gigabit Ethernet print server for easy sharing, and an extra 500-sheet input tray to
save time and effort.
Replacement print cartridges
with Smart Printing
HP LaserJet Black Print Cartridge (2,300 standard pages)
HP LaserJet Large Black Print Cartridge (6,500 standard pages)
Paper handling
500-sheet input tray
HP 32 MB DDR2 144-pin DIMM
HP 64 MB DDR2 144-pin DIMM
HP 128 MB DDR2 144-pin DIMM
HP 256 MB DDR2 144-pin DIMM
8 MB Flash/64 MB DDR2 combo 144-pin DIMM
USB Hi-Speed printer cable (2-meter)
Wireless G USB Print Server
USB Network Print Adapter
Wireless Printing Upgrade Kit
Jetdirect en1700 External Print Server
Jetdirect en3700 External Print Server
Jetdirect ew2400 External Wireless Print Server
Service and support
North America: www.hp.com/go/paper
Europe: www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies
Asia Pacific: www.hp.com/apac/printingsupplies
Latin America: contact HP via phone:
USA: 1-800-477-5010, Europe: +800 7644 7644, Asia: 65-6253-8500,
Australia/New Zealand: 61-2997-2299LAR, Brasil: sac 0800 70 300 70
See the Global Solutions Catalog: www.hp.com/go/gsc
Return Hardware Service
Return Hardware Service
1-time Replacement Service
Pickup Return Service
Next Business Day Exchange Service
Next Business Day Exchange Service
Next Business Day Exchange Service
Next Business Day Hardware Support
Next Business Day Hardware Support
Next Business Day Hardware Support
Post-warranty Return Hardware Service
Post-warranty 1-time Replacement Service
Post-warranty Next Business Day Exchange Service
Post-warranty Next Business Day Hardware Support
Appendix C—Ordering information
Features vary by model. For details, see “Series at a glance” on page 3.
Instant-on Technology uses cutting-edge fuser technology to produce the first page faster when a printer is coming out of
low power mode so your print job is done sooner. An InfoTrends study shows the typical office print job is three to five
pages long: www.infotrends.com/public/Content/Presentations/officeprinteruse.pdf. Time To Completion of a typical
office print job tested on HP and select competing products. Actual results may vary.
Included print cartridge (CE505A): average continuous black cartridge yield 2,300 standard pages. Replacement print
cartridges: average continuous black cartridge yield 2,300 standard pages for CE505A and 6,500 standard pages for
CE505X. Declared yield values for replacement cartridges in accordance with ISO/IEC 19752. Actual yields vary
considerably based on images printed and other factors. For more information, visit www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsupplies.
Using genuine HP supplies ensures availability of all HP printing features.
HP SureSupply program features and availability may vary by country. For more information, visit
In addition to supporting most HP LaserJets, HP Easy Printer Care Software now supports a wide variety of inkjet devices,
including HP Officejet Pros, HP Officejets, HP Photosmarts, and HP Deskjets. Please access the compatible printer list at
www.hp.com/go/epc for details.
HP recommends that the number of printed pages per month be within the stated range for optimum device performance,
based on factors including supplies replacement intervals and device life over an extended warranty period.
The tons of CO2 avoided is based on power plant emissions that otherwise would occur to generate the electricity saved;
cars removed is based on annual emissions from cars burning gasoline.
There may be a small charge for the take-back of hardware products. HP’s environmental return program varies by region.
Program availability varies. HP printing supplies return and recycling is currently available in more than 40 countries,
territories and regions in Asia, Europe, and North and South America through the HP Planet Partners program.
Speed specifications have been updated to reflect current industry testing methods.
Duty cycle is defined as the maximum number of pages per month of imaged output. This value provides a comparison
of product robustness in relation to other HP LaserJet or HP Color LaserJet devices, and enables appropriate deployment of
printers and MFPs.
Measured according to ISO 7779 and declared in accordance with ISO 9296; values are subject to change. For
current information, see www.hp.com/support/lpj2050series. Configuration tested: LJ P2055dn printing simplex on A4
Values subject to change. See www.hp.com/support/lpj2050series for current information. Power numbers are the
highest values measured using all standard voltages.
ENERGY STAR and the ENERGY STAR logo are registered U.S. marks. Linux is a U.S.
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows XP are
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Windows Vista is either a registered
trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
countries. PostScript is a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
© Copyright 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
July 2008
The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties
for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements
accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as
constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors
or omissions contained herein.
To learn more, visit www.hp.com
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